Lizzo opens up about her strict upbringing, saying she was "nerdy" and "scared of eternal damnation"

Lizzo. Photographed by Denise Truscello
Lizzo. Photographed by Denise Truscello
Denise Truscello

The ‘Good as Hell’ hitmaker – whose grandparents founded the Pentecostal Christian Church the Church of God in Christ, had a "very evangelical" upbringing with lots of strict rules in place.

“I had a very evangelical upbringing based on evangelical beliefs. We couldn’t wear pants to church because they were the devil,” Lizzo says, speaking to Marie Claire Australia.

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“Listening to rap, pop and R&B and even going to the movies was forbidden, they were all the devil, so I only listened to Gospel music. I was very nerdy in Detroit. I was so scared of external damnation,” she adds.

In her spare time, she would read the bible: “I read it all, from front to back. I wasn’t cray, just dedicated. That’s how I was raised.”

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Even now, Lizzo prays backstage with her team ahead of each show and finds her faith helps her to cope with the savage side of the music industry. “This is a savage industry. You have to cultivate your spirituality.”

Compiled by Futhi Masilela

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